GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Billy Nobles.
Well, this week has held true to years past. The new moon in June is as solid as ever.
This week, the tarpon bite has been ridiculous on the near-shore and offshore bites.
Good friend and captain Glen Taylor called me as we were heading to him from offshore, and he had just jumped his 25th tarpon of the afternoon, and he was just getting started.
On that morning, we started fishing at 7 and by 9 we were 0-for-6 on tarpon, so we headed out for the deep water. On our way out, there were dolphin everywhere. The key for us to catch them was using small Islanders in pink-and-white and blue-and-white, trolled way back. The fish were small — in fact, they are actually called pompano dolphin. We had one of those out and hooked up on a wahoo, and he’s in Texas by now. That’s the way he was heading.
When we got offshore, the huge mangrove snapper bite was on, along with the yellowtail snapper. We also had some amberjacks come up in the 50-pound range, with a few pushing 90. We did all of this using light tackle. Then we had to get our red grouper to finish off the box.
We then moved about 4 miles, dropped the lines, and it was instant hook-ups on fire-truck red grouper. Three drops snagged each angler on board their limit.
One last thing — gag grouper season opens Tuesday, so check in for a report next week.
Catch the “Reel Animals Fishing Show” on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. on WFLA, Ch. 8, and listen Saturdays from 6-8 a.m. on 970 AM, and on Sundays from 7-9 a.m. on 620 AM. To book a charter, call 1-877-FLAFISH or visit www.reelanimalsfishingteam.com.